As the Cavaliers and Warriors prepare to take the court to determine the 2016 NBA champion, nearly 400 students in the Cleveland and the Bay area are on their way to being math champions, thanks to the help of players from both teams.
Piggybacking on the idea that students are more motivated and successful when lessons mirror their interests and experiences, a company called Learn Fresh has partnered with several NBA teams on NBA Math Hoops, a game which teaches students fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The Cavaliers and Warriors were the first two teams to sign on, and the students they work with have seen an average of 33% increase in math scores.
Golden State’s Klay Thompson playing Math Hoops with students in the Bay Area.
The game uses stats from actual NBA players to teach basic math concepts to students.
Jared Cunningham helps rally Cleveland students.
Watch: Bay Area students look to repeat as Math Hoops champions, just like the basketball team they cheer for: Watch: